Nazma is one of the dozens of Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi young women who have been sexually assaulted by supervisors at Classic Factory in northern Jordan, which makes clothes for American brands like Walmart, Target, and Macy’s.
Leading up to next week’s trial against a Classic supervisor charged with rape — the first such trial — managers are escalating abuses. Supervisors are locking victims and witnesses in the factory, threatening and intimidating them to ensure they will not testify.
And although the Jordanian government promised that Anil Santha, the manager accused of rape, would not be allowed to return before the trial, he’s back on the factory floor.
Despite global outcry over Classic’s abuses and the tactics they’re using to dodge justice, international customers like Walmart, Target, and Macy’s are still buying Classic clothing.
Target and Macy’s have claimed that they are investigating conditions at the factory, but they’re deferring to the Jordanian Ministry of Economy and Labor — which claims there is no evidence of sexual abuse.
Instead, conditions are getting worse. In addition to imprisoning women inside the factory, managers are removing all the males workers — in some cases even deporting them — cutting the staff to older male supervisors and vulnerable young women.
Given the critical situation on the ground, Classic Factory workers, consumers, and human rights organizations, are urgently calling on these high-profile companies to immediately condemn human rights abuses and force change. Click here to sign the petition now.